- Paperback: 368 pages
- Publisher: Mariner Books; Reprint edition (October 2, 2006)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0618773444
- ISBN-13: 978-0618773442
- Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 0.9 x 5.5 inches
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- Average Customer Review: 181 customer reviews
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Lincoln's Melancholy: How Depression Challenged a President and Fueled His Greatness Paperback – October 2, 2006
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"Lincoln not only coped with his depression, he harnessed it. Joshua Wolf Shenk [explains how] masterfully and memorably." --Walter Isaacson, president and CEO of the Aspen Institute and author of Benjamin Franklin: An American Life
"A profoundly human and psychologically important examination of the melancholy that so pervaded Lincoln's life....Remarkable." --Kay Redfield Jamison, Ph.D., Professor of Psychiatry, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine and author of An Unquiet Mind
"This is sensitive history, with important implications for the present." Publishers Weekly
"A significant contribution to the study of Lincoln and his battle with depression that will resonate with contemporary Americans. . .inspirational." Kirkus Reviews, Starred
"Compelling...An estimable contribution to the Lincoln literature." Booklist, ALA
"[Shenk argues] with uncommon common sense, a rare understanding of historical context, and a close reading of the primary sources." Library Journal Starred
"Intellectually energetic. . .By treating Lincoln from this angle, Shenk does gain a dimension that not all Lincoln books achieve." --William Lee Miller The Washington Post
"It contains some extremely beautiful prose and fine political rhetoric and leaves one feeling close to Lincoln, a considerable accomplishment." --Andrew Solomon New York Magazine
"A fresh, fascinating, provocative pschohistory." --Sanford D. Horwitt The San Francisco Chronicle
About the Author
JOSHUA WOLF SHENK is a curator, essayist, and the author of Lincoln's Melancholy, a New York Times Notable Book. A contributor to The Atlantic, Harper's, The New Yorker, and other publications, he directs the Arts in Mind series on creativity and serves on the general council of The Moth. He lives in Los Angeles.
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This isn't a bad book and it is insightful, it just falls off around chapter 8 and the quality is diminished. It also felt like Shenk would dive too much into the historiography of psychiatry and spent too much time interpreting definitions.
Author, playwright and life-long depressive
Much of Lincoln's wisdom from his own hand is in this book: "Slavery is founded in the selfishness of man's nature--opposition to it, is his love of justice" (p. 127). But the author does not shy from telling us that Lincoln also told racial jokes and stories (thankfully none are reproduced). We see the arc of Lincoln's feeling that he had a purpose in life and eventually finding his way to that purpose and strength.
Interesting too that what we call "depression" now was not so stigma-filled in his time. AND! We get reproductions of Lincoln's poetry: the stuff he wrote as well as the poems he admired: "Oh why should the spirit of mortal be proud! ... He passeth from life to his rest in the grave."
This is an amazing biography.